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FfD-Post-2015 Joint Session Debates Synergies, Technology, Ambition[viewed]

Delegates to the fourth session of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, which convened as a joint meeting with the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) process, debated how the two processes should relate to each other. Some said the FfD3 process should comprise the means of implementation (MOI) section of the post-2015 development agenda, while others viewed them as warranting distinct outcomes. Some Member States wished to leave room for further negotiations on MOI after FfD 3, while others argued that could diminish the level of ambition of FfD 3.

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Global Soil Week 2015: Healthy Soils and Land Justice Underpin Transformation to Sustainability[viewed]

“A transformation towards sustainable soil management is possible if all actors are integrated in the search for solutions.” These were among concluding remarks made by Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and Chair of the Third Global Soil Week. Töpfer welcomed the contribution of the Secretariats of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), noting “this sends a strong signal” of the growing shift from silos towards "a systems approach” in addressing multiple agendas.

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Industrial Diversification, Structural Transformation Key for Central Asian and European MICs[viewed]

Participants discussed how to foster inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in middle-income countries (MICs) in Europe and Central Asia, during a two-day conference organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus. Europe and Central Asia have 18 MICs, 11 of which are landlocked, constraining their ability to expand international trade and increasing their vulnerability to external economic shocks, according to the UN.

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Side Event Highlights Benefits of Geospatial Data for SDGs[viewed]

The Permanent Mission of Denmark, along with the UN Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) and the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) hosted a discussion on the role of geospatial data in the post-2015 development agenda. Presentations focused on the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how geospatial data can support their implementation, monitoring and review. The event took place on the sidelines of the fourth session of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda.

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GWF Article: Wise Resource Allocation Critical to Achieve Water, Food Security SDGs[viewed]

Implementing smart policies related to land and water resources can help to achieve water and food security objectives within the sustainable development goals (SDGs), according to a paper published by the Global Water Forum (GWF). The article stresses that, as long as resources are wisely allocated and managed, sufficient water will exist to achieve food production goals and sustain livelihoods.

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Event: ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System - Retreat 1[viewed]

This is the first of three retreats to be organized as part of the ECOSOC Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system.

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Event: Workshop on Statistical Data Collection: Riding the Wave of the Data Deluge[viewed]

This Workshop, titled 'Statistical Data Collection: Riding the Wave of the Data Deluge,' aims to contribute to the formulation of concrete proposals for internationally-coordinated work in the field of data collection.

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Event: Webinar on Health Innovation in Post-2015 Agenda[viewed]

A Webinar, titled ‘Health innovation in the post-2015 agenda: Looking ahead,' will discuss the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), targets and indicators, with a focus on the role of health innovation in achieving the SDGs and the impact of the SDGs on global health.

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Task Force Estimates US$320 Billion/Year Needed for China's Environmental Targets[viewed]

China's central bank and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the final report of the bank's Green Finance Task Force, which estimates that US$320 billion worth of investment will be needed annually to meet China's environmental targets, and recommends measures to create the incentives for private-sector financing.

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TFM, Technology Assessment in Focus at Post-2015 Event[viewed]

On the sidelines of the fourth session of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, participants met for a discussion around 'Rethinking technology,' covering topics such as a technology facilitation mechanism (TFM) and technology assessment.

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